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Let's go retro: Village of Camillus considers writing turn-of-century business district into law

Primo said the village board could choose to remain responsible for variances, but advised against it.

"Then you would have to basically dissolve the ZBA," he said.

Under the law, special permits would remain with the village board. Primo said special permits often have the potential to cause problems from a zoning perspecitive, "service stations, dry cleaners, convenience stores, anything high-traffic."

He added that as a legislative body, the village board should retain control over special permits because, unlike the other boards, it has the power to adjust its criteria based on the case -- the village board can essentially do a gut check.

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